POW! Well there's some great news! Universal has signed a pretty amazing multimillion dollar deal with the video game publishers Take-Two to turn this popular video game into a major motion picture! And with Verbinski directing we are sure to get a very cool and amazing looking movie. The script is being written by John Logan who also wrote 'Aviator'. So there will be a solid script behind the movie. The game is pretty kick ass. I loved the concept of it and as a movie I can see a huge potentential for a pretty amazing film both story wise and visualy. I am really excited to see how they end up pulling this off. Here are a few tid bits from the report Variety ran this morning.
"Bioshock" takes place in an underwater city based on the free market principles of Ayn Rand, but things have gone disastrously wrong. Players control a pilot who crash-lands at a secret entrance to the city, called Rapture, and is drawn into a power struggle during which he discovers that his will is not as free as he'd thought.
"I think the whole utopia-gone-wrong story that's cleverly unveiled to players is just brimming with cinematic potential," said Verbinski. "Of all the games I've played, this is one that I felt has a really strong narrative."
Verbinski noted that Rapture's art deco design and visually arresting characters, such as the mechanical Big Daddys who protect genetically mutated girls called Little Sisters, particularly inspired him to see the game as a film.
Though no release date is even being targeted, Verbinski said he plans to start pre-production as soon as Logan's script is finished and approved by all involved.
"This deal gives Universal the opportunity to have the immersive, addictive universe of 'Bioshock' interpreted by a filmmaker with unrivaled abilities to convey story, action and large-scale, fantastical visuals," said U co-chairman David Linde.
Take-Two is developing a "Bioshock" sequel that will be released in 2009, almost certainly before the film comes out.
It sounds like everything is solid on this. Its got a great screenwriter, a visonary director, and a great visually stimulating story to tell. This is exciting news for geeks everywhere.